SAC Facts—Don’t Believe the Hype on Pipe

June 2023 The recent flurry of canal modernization attention–water conservation seminars, The Bulletin editorials (and poll) and County Commissioner Patti Adair’s support for our position—probably will not move the needle much in terms of Arnold Irrigation District’s plans to move forward with piping. Forcing AID to take a different tack toward modernizing the main canalContinue reading “SAC Facts—Don’t Believe the Hype on Pipe”

Winter Update

March 24, 2023 Construction Arnold Irrigation District has begun preparation for fall construction of 3 miles of piping on Phase 1. A “Work Zone” has been staked out and trees within it are marked for removal. Phase 1 of the project is the least densely populated with 28 properties, and yet almost 400 large PonderosaContinue reading “Winter Update”

Group of Arnold Irrigation Residents and Patrons Seek Relief, Ask Judge for a Review of Federal Agency Action

BEND, OR – A group of concerned property owners and patrons of the Arnold Irrigation District (AID) have formally sued the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and AID in federal court for authorizing a new modernization project along a historic 12-mile canal in Deschutes County, alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the WatershedContinue reading “Group of Arnold Irrigation Residents and Patrons Seek Relief, Ask Judge for a Review of Federal Agency Action”

Why You Should Oppose the Arnold Irrigation Piping Plan

For over 115 years the Arnold Irrigation District (AID) canal has been a resource for all residents of Deschutes County.  The benefits of the canal accrue not only to the agricultural patrons of AID but also to a wider range of residents, wildlife and plants. The proposed piping of Arnold Irrigation Canal should alarm allContinue reading “Why You Should Oppose the Arnold Irrigation Piping Plan”

A Brief History of Arnold Irrigation

Excepts from “The Arnold Project”Toni Rae LinenbergerBureau of Reclamation History ProgramDenver, ColoradoResearch on Historic Reclamation Projects1996 Originally, the Deschutes River was known by the Klamath tribe as, Kolamkeni Koke, or “place where the wild root kolam grows.” Many years later Lewis and Clark, referred to the river by another Indian name Toworenhiooks after sighting itContinue reading “A Brief History of Arnold Irrigation”